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April 19, 2014

Two men to be charged with sex ‘against the order of nature’, in the first trial since the passing of the anti-gay law

Two men are to face trial for homosexuality in Uganda next month, the first to do so since the anti-gay bill was made law in February this year.

Kim Mukisa, 24, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, are set to face trial on 7 May, the Guardian reports.

Both men are to be charged with sexual relations ‘against the order of nature.’

April 18, 2014

'We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's live televised independence speech was filled with anti-gay rhetoric and threatened unspecified action on LGBTI rights groups and their allies.

'Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organization ... which was addressing young men in universities sand schools to join them as homosexuals,' he said. 'This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it.'

April 3, 2014

In what is being called the last chance to legalize the lives of over 40 million people, Supreme Court will hear activists' plea after they recriminalized homosexuality last year

India’s Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider the law criminalizing homosexuality today (3 April).

The Naz Foundation, a HIV and LGBTI rights charity, filed a curative petition calling on the Supreme Court to ‘correct’ its verdict from last year.

In December 2013, the Supreme Court recriminalized homosexuality – overturning the landmark 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that said the colonial era law banning homosexuality was discriminatory and should not be a crime.

April 2, 2014

European Parliament President Martin Schulz has given African countries the strongest warning yet – calling laws that criminalize homosexuality a ‘disgrace’ and warning they will lead to cuts to development aid

The President of the European Parliament has given African leaders the strongest warning to date over their criminalization of homosexuality – suggesting Europe is not prepared to back down when it comes to the rights of LGBTI people in Africa.

European Parliament President Martin Shulz told a told a joint summit with MPs from the Pan-African Parliament on Monday that such laws were a ‘disgrace’ in response to Ethiopia making homosexuality an unpardonable offense.

Shulz called such laws ‘an unacceptable violation of the basic rights of individuals.’

April 2, 2014

Two Nigerian men that were accused of being homosexuals have been acquitted by an Islamic court due to a lack of evidence against them

Two men who were accused of having gay sex have been acquitted by a Nigerian Islamic court because the judge decided there was insufficient evidence to convict them.

The men were part of a group who were arrested late last year after they were accused of belonging to a gay club.

The men were arrested after locals raided a home in the city of Bauchi that they believed was being frequented by homosexuals.

March 26, 2014

Scientists have discovered that some gay men are attracted to straight men, and would like to sleep with them in order to fulfil a 'fantasy'

One in 10 men who have sex with men are looking for ‘non-gay’ men on a dating site, a study has revealed.

In research published in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, it found one in 10 men who use Craigslist M4M section are specifically seeking out ‘sexual partners who do not identify as gay’.

The researchers reviewed 1,200 personal ads posted on Craigslist for analysis.

Researchers believe these men are looking to either fulfill a ‘fantasy’ or because it allows closeted men to seek out others for anonymous sexual encounters.

March 14, 2014

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted Thursday in support of targeted sanctions against Nigeria and Uganda over their treatment of LGBTI people after they passed harsh new laws eroding the rights of gay people

The European Parliament has voted in support of sanctions against Nigeria and Uganda over the passage of draconian new anti-gay laws.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law in January which makes being anyway involved in a same-sex marriage an actual crime punishable by serious jail time and also bans any advocacy in support of LGBTI rights or support for gay people.

March 12, 2014

Kenya’s Majority Leader in the National Assembly has been tasked with finding out why its 1930 law punishing homosexuals with up to 14 years imprisonment is apparently not being enforced

Leader of the Majority Coalition in the Kenyan National Assembly, Aden Duale, has been tasked with finding out why Kenya’s laws banning gay sex aren’t being enforced after a government MP raised the issue in the Parliament.

Ruling National Alliance party MP Irungu Kangata demanded a statement explaining what measures Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions was taking to enforce Kenya’s colonial era anti-sodomy laws which punish ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature with up to 14 years in prison for consensual sex acts.

March 4, 2014

New survey is breaking ground in exploring the benefits of inclusive workplaces, based on the experience of almost 600 lesbian, gay and bisexual employees in Ireland

One in three LGBT employees are harassed at work, according to a survey released today (4 March).

New employees are twice as likely to conceal their sexual orientation at work than long standing employees, and often feel stressed about being open at the office.

Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) surveyed 590 full-time employees in Ireland, with over 30% reporting harassment in the workplace.

Two out of three employees who were out and happy were far more likely to be committed and do better work.

February 27, 2014

Nicole Bonamino, 22, is the first Italian sportsperson playing at the top level to come out. She tells GSN: 'I want a family and children'

The first person playing top-level sport in Italy to come out as gay has rapidly become a hero to the country's LGBTI community.

Nicole Bonamino, a 22-year-old girl from a small town close to Alessandria, in Northern Italy, is little known outside her home country. But her revelation she is lesbian sent a shockwave through the Italian sports scene last month (February).

Bonamino's speciality is in-line roller hockey, playing as a gatekeeper. She competes for two local teams and the national Italian team.

February 27, 2014

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was so controversial few saw it before it became law. Now we know what LGBTI Ugandans really have to face

It’s only three days old but the full horror of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is already shrouded in myth.

Most know it’s draconian, few realize just how bad it is. The confusion has been fuelled by government lies, media misreporting and the fact the text of the act has only just become available.

It was originally dubbed the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ but the death penalty was replaced by life imprisonment before it became law.

So here we explain the letter of the law and what it means for LGBTI people in Uganda.

February 24, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni blames having to sign the bill, one of the most draconic homophobic laws in the world, on Western groups 'for showing us how you kiss' 

Uganda president Yoweri Museven has signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law today (24 February).

For the first time ever, the president signed the bill live on television.

The legislation is one of the most draconic in the world, toughening up present laws to include life imprisonment for ‘repeat offenders’ of homosexuality.

It will also be illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality, and those who fail to report homosexuals to the police will also risk arrest or jail.

February 18, 2014

LEZS editor-in-chief Wang Ann-jiun urges other gay celebrities to follow her example for gay rights

The editor-in-chief of a lesbian magazine has publicly come out as gay at Taiwan’s legislative building today (18 Feb).

Wang Ann-jiun, whose LEZS is billed as Asia’s only lesbian lifestyle magazine, made her sexual orientation known, as she and other gay rights supporters met with the Legislative Yuan President to seek help in facilitating changes to the Civil Code.

‘I was born a lesbian,’ said the 32 year-old Wang, in front of the President.

February 18, 2014

A secret guide telling Singapore Christians how best to lobby their government against scrapping the country’s colonial era sodomy law has been leaked online - exposing their talking points about how to write to lawmakers

A secret guidebook created by a group of Singapore churches telling people how best to lobby lawmakers against repealing the country’s colonial era 377A law banning sex between men has been leaked online.

‘This Guide is not meant for mass distribution to everybody in your church or everybody you know on Planet Earth,’ the guidebook states.

February 17, 2014

International LGBTI activist Omar Kuddus argues openly gay sportspeople have been ‘selfish’ in Russia while more attention should be paid to Uganda, Nigeria and elsewhere

Despite the setbacks we have seen in recent months, I’m sad to have to report that activism for LGBTI rights remains very much a ‘fashion’ statement and vehicle to get media attention for oneself.

February 9, 2014

'If you are for the legalization of homosexuality, you are for the acceptability of homosexuality, you are for the normalization of homosexuality, you do not care about black males'

It's unfair to expect anything logical from Bryan Fischer.

The spokesperson for the American Family Association has a long history of weird, and unreasoned, comments. From gay men being Hitler's storm troopers to a call for the kidnapping of children from gay parents.

February 8, 2014

The former chief justice responsible for the landmark judgement in 2009 says the criminalization of gay sex in effect 'offend(s) the dignity of a person'

Homosexuality is neither a disease, nor is it punishable under any penal laws, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, who authored the judgment that decriminalized homosexuality as chief justice of the Delhi High Court in 2009, said on Friday.

The Delhi High Court’s historic judgement which decriminalized gay sex was overturned by the Supreme Court on December 11, 2013. The bench ruled that it is for Parliament and not the court to repeal section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

February 1, 2014

A gay couple admitted to having sexual relations in court yesterday and were sentenced to six months in jail under Senegal's penal code which forbids 'unnatural acts with a person of the same sex'

Two gay men in Senegal have been sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of committing ‘an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex’.

The Associated Press reported the men were arrested after neighbours alerted police to their home address in the country’s capital, Dakar. They confessed their sexual relationship in court on Friday (31 January), and Judge Racky Deme sentenced the pair under Senegal’s penal code.

January 30, 2014

Tunisian Chiheb Esseghaier, accused over an alleged plot to derail a train between the US and Canada, has ranted against same-sex marriage while defending himself without a lawyer

A Tunisian doctoral student studying in Montreal has gone on a homophobic rant while standing trial over an alleged terror plot to derail a train between New York and Ontario.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, went on a 4 minute rant at the start of his trial Wednesday, telling the court, 'homosexual marriages are protected by the Criminal Code because the code doesn't consider this a crime.’

‘Even the animals don't do this. The donkeys may. The monkeys do not.’

‘Why do you allow homosexual marriage when animals don't do homosexual marriages?’

January 27, 2014

Europe joins North America and Australia as the only continents with no laws criminalizing gay sex

Northern Cyprus has decriminalized gay sex, 16 years after its southern state.

The move by Northern Cyprus lawmakers means Europe is now the third continent in the world with no laws criminalizing gay sex.

Jonathan Cooper, Chief Executive of the Human Dignity Trust, said in a statement: 'This is a historic day for gay people in Europe and a major victory for human rights, equality and the Human Dignity Trust.

January 22, 2014

The United Nations body tasked with tackling HIV around the world has announced it will join local activists and the Malawi Law Society in a court challenge to Malawi’s law criminalizing gay sex

UNAIDS will join with local human rights activists and the Malawi Law Society to challenge Malawi’s anti-gay laws.

Malawi’s President Joyce Banda said her government would repeal her country’s colonial era sodomy law in May of 2012 and it did suspend the law in November of that year.

However by January of 2013 Banda had backed away from the reform after months of attacks on her government by Opposition MPs over the issue.

January 12, 2014

Men who carry convictions before gay sex was decriminalised in 1981 will now have the opportunity to have the convictions wiped

The Australian state of Victoria will be the first in the country to erase the criminal records of men who were previously convicted for having gay sex before it was decriminalised in 1981.

January 9, 2014

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera has claimed that children would be better raised by a single parent than by a gay or lesbian couple during an appearance on the Alan Colmes Show

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality head Peter LaBarbera has claimed that kids do better off being raised by a single parent than when they are raised by same-sex couples during an appearance on Fox News Radio.

‘I tend to think they’d be better off in a single-parent household because you’re not modeling homosexual behavior,’ LaBarbera told radio host Alan Colmes yesterday.

‘When you have two men raising a young child, that child grows up learning dysfunction and a sexual perversion as normal. He’s learning a sexual perversion as normality.’

December 25, 2013

Naz Foundation is seeking a stay on the Supreme Court’s judgment

The NGO that drove the Delhi High Court to allow consensual adult gay sex in 2009 is now taking on the Indian Supreme Court.

Naz Foundation, an NGO committed to bringing down HIV, filed on Tuesday a review petition in the Supreme Court against its recent ruling that set aside the lower court’s order of decriminalizing homosexuality.